What South Asian Women Want in a Dating App

Women make up over 47.6 percent of the online dating population, which is creating a significant shift in the dating app market. As females embrace the dating culture, app makers are going crazy trying to answer the question: What do women want in a dating app?

14 Non-Romantic Bollywood Movies to Watch This Valentine’s Day

Trade in your favorite rom-com with these anti-Valentine’s Day horror and drama Bollywood flicks—most of which will likely make you appreciate your significant other, or single status, even more.

Hijarbie: The Barbie You Never Knew You Needed

Hijarbie is sure to appeal to Muslim hijab and abaya-wearing girls across racial and cultural lines—whether toned shades of black, brown, or white.

Brown Girl Rida Islam Makes Sense of the World Through her Passions in Psychology and Fashion

Born in Dallas, TX, Brown Girl of the Month Rida Islam is your quintessential boss lady—a graduate student pursuing her master’s in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a behavioral therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder by day, and a fashionista and entrepreneur by night.

10 Ways India Reminds You How Indian-American You Really Are

I’m basking in the backdrop of Humayun’s Tomb as I write this. The lawns are laden with picnicking families and budding romances. What a date this would be—definitely beats the movies or some generic restaurant. “Incredible India” is truly defined by sites like this.

President Barack Obama’s Response to Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Speech: A Beacon of Hope

Wednesday was an important day for the students of my small Islamic school, and Muslims everywhere because President Obama visited a mosque in America for the first time as President.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s Thoughts on Feminism Will Make You Want to Move to Canada

If you haven’t already heard of Justin Trudeau, it’s about time! Canada’s Prime Minister will make you fall in love with him in a few seconds of this video and it’s not just because he’s a handsome fellow.

Hijarbie: The Barbie You Never Knew You Needed

Hijarbie is sure to appeal to Muslim hijab and abaya-wearing girls across racial and cultural lines—whether toned shades of black, brown, or white.

10 Ways India Reminds You How Indian-American You Really Are

I’m basking in the backdrop of Humayun’s Tomb as I write this. The lawns are laden with picnicking families and budding romances. What a date this would be—definitely beats the movies or some generic restaurant. “Incredible India” is truly defined by sites like this.

Women in India Finally Have Legal Right to Be Head of Their Households

Yes, you heard it right. India continues to make progress in the way of women’s rights.

The Unopened Wardrobe: Brown Girl Beauty and the Written Word

Even before Lucy opened the wardrobe, I knew what would line its inner walls.

Desi Twist: How to Wear Traditional Clothes for Untraditional Occasions

The best part about being a Desi girl? (Apart from the food, of course.) The stunning traditional clothes!

4 Ways We Can Be Better Allies for Our South Asian Men

To kick off a discussion on being united in the causes of others, a great first step for our readership would be to discern how we can be better allies in acknowledging and working to solve issues that plague our male counterparts—our fathers, our brothers, our cousins, our spouses and our friends.

Brown Girl Rida Islam Makes Sense of the World Through her Passions in Psychology and Fashion

Born in Dallas, TX, Brown Girl of the Month Rida Islam is your quintessential boss lady—a graduate student pursuing her master’s in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a behavioral therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder by day, and a fashionista and entrepreneur by night.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s Thoughts on Feminism Will Make You Want to Move to Canada

If you haven’t already heard of Justin Trudeau, it’s about time! Canada’s Prime Minister will make you fall in love with him in a few seconds of this video and it’s not just because he’s a handsome fellow.

Dancer and Choreographer Deepa Iyengar on Finding Freedom with Dance

Dancer, Deepa Iyengar, is a trained Kuchipudi artist, who has been choreographing and teaching dance since she can remember.

Rini Sampath Talks Mental Health and the Reality of her Term as USC Student Body President

When Atiya Hasan, the editor-at-large of Brown Girl, asked me to write a piece for the online magazine recapping my term as Student Body President at the University of Southern California, I actually felt a loss for words.

Top 5 Unexpected Places to Visit in 2016

We’re giving you a list of the best unexpected places to visit in 2016. Whether you’re looking to cross a long-awaited adventure off your bucket list or for a getaway closer to home, we have you covered!

Brown Girl of the Month Sonali Shah Serves a Life of Purpose by Protecting her Country

Sonali Shah, a 23-year-old American by birth and Indian by heart, is proudly serving as an Active Duty 68 Whiskey-Combat Medic/ Health Care Specialist in the United States Army.

Sugaring: A Homeopathic Alternative for Hair Removal

Sugaring is a paste made up of a caramel like mixture of sugar, honey, water and lemon juice. There are two methods of sugaring that are widely used today.

Desi Twist: How to Wear Traditional Clothes for Untraditional Occasions

The best part about being a Desi girl? (Apart from the food, of course.) The stunning traditional clothes!

Wilbur Sargunaraj’s ‘Dark is Beautiful’ Video Paves Way to Change ‘Fairness’ of ‘Beauty’

This video by Wilbur Sarguranaj is so refreshing. The goofy acting and barebones production lend humor and realism to a sensitive, and sometimes painful, topic.

Eyeshadow Favorite: Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Palette

This eyeshadow palette features 18 shades in nude and brown tones as well as a beautiful matte plum, a shimmery navy blue and a shimmery light pink.

Strategic Eating for Healthy Hair

Let’s try our very best to say goodbye to our french fry diet and obsession with hair products and say hello to strategic eating for healthy hair!

5 Confidence-Booster Pieces You Need in Your Closet Now

Here are our top picks for what you need in your closet to dominate in 2016.

14 Non-Romantic Bollywood Movies to Watch This Valentine’s Day

Trade in your favorite rom-com with these anti-Valentine’s Day horror and drama Bollywood flicks—most of which will likely make you appreciate your significant other, or single status, even more.

13 Essential Bollywood Songs for Your Valentine’s Day Playlist

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we all know that no film industry is as romantic as Bollywood!

Here’s a Positive Take on Coldplay’s Heavily Criticized Music Video, ‘Hymn for the Weekend’

We’ve all heard, read and talked our faces off about Coldplay’s newest and rather controversial music video. But we had a few more thoughts to share…promise, it’s the last thing you’ll hear about Coldplay from us.

Here’s One Brown Girl’s Thoughts on Zayn Malik’s ‘Pillow Talk’ You Need to Read

Every brown girl across the world has Tweeted about it; it graces your Facebook feed, conversations, magazine covers, and Instagram timeline. You guessed it—Zayn Malik’s debut music video, “Pillow Talk.”

An Open Letter to the Misogynistic Journalist who Interviewed Bollywood Actress Sunny Leone

Congratulations for scoring a spot on the “most sexist professionals” list to kick off 2016. Your recent interview with actress Sunny Leone was outstanding. Notice that I did not label her a “former porn star,” as you chose to reiterate multiple times in the 20-minute segment, because what is in the past does not necessarily correlate to every moment of the present.

Representation or Appropriation in Coldplay’s ‘Hymn for the Weekend?’

Just a week before their Super Bowl halftime show, Coldplay released the music video for “Hymn for the Weekend” featuring Beyoncé. Set in Mumbai, India, the video shows the band playing Holi with children in the street, while Beyoncé is portrayed as a Bollywood film star on the silver screen.